HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — From 46-15 through Dec. 29 to 49-54 thereafter, the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards combined for a collective, second-half swoon that probably doesn’t have either fan base feeling great about their season.
The Raptors ranked 23rd defensively after Dec. 29, while the Wizards ranked 23rd on offense. But the playoffs provide an opportunity to start fresh and maybe take advantage of an opponent that’s been similarly mediocre.
Neither team has been mediocre on the other end of the floor. In fact, this is one of two first round series (Clippers-Spurs is the other) that pits a top-five offense against a top-five defense.
Here are some statistical notes to get you ready for Raptors-Wizards, with links to let you dive in and explore more.
Pace = Possessions per 48 minutes
OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions
DefRtg = Points allowed per 100 possessions
NetRtg = Point differential per 100 possessions
Toronto Raptors (49-33)
Pace: 95.4 (20)
OffRtg: 108.1 (3)
DefRtg: 104.8 (23)
NetRtg: +3.2 (10)
- The only team that ranked in the top 10 in defensive efficiency last season and the bottom 10 this season.
- Outscored their opponents by only 0.8 points per 100 possessions in 2,299 minutes with three or more (of their regular) starters on the floor, but were a plus-7.0 per 100 possessions in 1,671 minutes with two or fewer starters on the floor.
- 39.4 percent of the Raptors’ jump shots were contested, according to SportVU. That rate ranked second to only the Lakers (42.4 percent).
- Jonas Valanciunas was one of two players that shot better than 50 percent on at least 200 shots on post-ups, according to Synergy play-type data. The other one is also Lithuanian.
- Among players who came off of at least 200 ball screens, Terrence Ross was the second most likely to shoot. According to SportVU, he shot 46 percent of the time as a pick-and-roll ball-handler, a mark that trailed only Nick Young (48 percent).
- According to SportVU, Lou Williams led the league with 102 fouls drawn on jump shots. DeMar DeRozan ranked third with 85.
Washington Wizards (46-36)
Pace: 96.0 (16)
OffRtg: 101.8 (19)
DefRtg: 100.0 (5)
NetRtg: +1.9 (12)
- Outscored their opponents by 7.1 points per 100 possessions at home, but were outscored by 3.5 on the road. That differential of 10.6 points per 100 possessions was the largest in the league.
- One of two teams (Indiana was the other) that ranked in the top five in both opponent effective field goal percentage and defensive rebounding percentage.
- Attempted 34.9 percent of their shots from mid-range (between the paint and the 3-point line), the second highest rate (behind New York) in the league and a jump from 31.8 percent last season.
- Had an effective field goal percentage of 42.6 percent from outside the paint after the All-Star break, the worst mark among playoff teams.
- John Wall led the league in time of possession, having the ball 8.2 minutes per game.
- Outscored their opponents by 6.9 points per 100 possessions with three or more of their regular starters on the floor, but were outscored by 5.7 with two or fewer starters on the league.
- Bradley Beal played in just one of the three games, but logged almost 45 minutes in the Raptors’ Jan. 31, overtime win in Washington.
- The Raptors had a free throw rate (FTA/FGA) of 0.357 against the Wizards, the highest mark among Washington’s Eastern Conference opponents.
- The Raptors attempted only 23 percent (57/244) of their shots from the restricted area against the Wizards, their lowest rate against any Eastern Conference opponent.
- The Wizards scored 106.2 points per 100 possessions in 77 minutes with Marcin Gortat on the floor and 92.1 in 72 minutes with him on the bench.
- According to SportVU, the Raptors shot better on contested jumpers (32-for-67, 48 percent) than the Wizards shot on uncontested jumpers (34-for-95, 36 percent) in the three meetings.